mixed-use development



Architecture/Interior Design

Heinlein Schrock Stearns


Brand Experience

Firehouse Design

Kolar Design



Landscape Architecture

MSI Design

Arena District

City of Columbus

Nationwide Arena District


The Arena District is a 75-acre mixed-use development located in Columbus, Ohio. Situated in the heart of downtown, this burgeoning urban neighborhood features office space, restaurants, entertainment venues, and residential housing. Acres of park and plaza areas provide open space. At the heart of this district is Nationwide Arena, home to the Columbus Blue Jackets and host to numerous other events and concerts throughout the year. Together, the Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park, and the Arena District provide an unparalleled business and entertainment venue attracting visitors from central Ohio and from across the country.


Kolar Design has been part of a large team of designers, architects, and landscape architects, which developed the Arena District. The inclusive project involved establishing district design standards, creating a distinct district identity, placemaking, and wayfinding. The urban wayfinding system includes gateway signs, street identification, building identification, parking signage, pedestrian map kiosks, and both vehicular and pedestrian directional signage.